No one particularly enjoys doing laundry. It can be time consuming, irritating, and just plain boring but nonetheless needs to be done. If you live in a cramped home or travel a lot and don’t need to do laundry often, there’s no reason to invest in an expensive washer and dryer unit. There are many reasons why going to the laundromat is financially wiser and time efficient for anyone, no matter the situation. Laundromats can seem foreign but will ultimately benefit your wardrobe and wallet. Here is a list of some benefits of doing laundry at the laundromat so you can stay clean, guilt free.
They Have Larger Machines
A typical household washing machine can hold up to 12 pounds of laundry, while commercial machines at laundromats can usually hold up to 75 pounds of clothes. This means you can easily wash more loads of clothing or a large comforter with ease. Also, many items don’t get as clean as they could when stuffed into a small machine. Your clothes need room to get soap into every nook to remove all dirt, and larger machines can give them that wiggle room.
They’re Time Saving
Because laundromats are equipped with rows and rows of washers and dryers, you can wash and dry all of your clothes at once- no need to wait 45 minutes to an hour for each separate load. The larger machines also save time because you can fit more than one load in one machine at once.
They’re Better for the Environment
Household washing machines usually consume around 30 to 40 gallons of water (or 2.5 to 3 gallons per pound of clothes washed) each wash load. Commercial washers like the ones in laundromats use as little as 0.5 to 1.5 gallons of water per clothes laundered. This makes a huge difference in sustainability and helping our earth’s environment.
They Ususally Provide on Staff Experts
Most laundromats have experts on hand at each location to assist with any tough stain or mark on your clothes. They can even give you tips on how to prevent stains and keep your clothes as clean as possible.
If you want to be even more efficient, try out these homemade laundry detergent recipes to safely wash your clothes without breaking the bank:
Recipe 1: Powdered Detergent
This homemade detergent is low-sudsing so it is safe for High Efficiency washers and the septic system.
What You’ll Need:
- One Box of Washing Soda
- 1 Bar of Castile Soap (scented or unscented)
- Blender or Food Processor
- Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
- White Vinegar (optional)
How to Make It:
- Cut the bar of soap into small chunks or grate it into fine pieces.
- Place your scraps of soap into your food processor or blender along with the box of washing soda.
- Blend the two ingredients until you have a fine powder and let it settle for a few minutes before opening the container so the powder doesn’t get all over your kitchen.
- Place the powder in a clean container like a large mason jar or Tupperware.
- Keep your essential oil with the detergent and add five drops to each load every time you wash your clothes.
- Add ½ a cup of white vinegar to each load as a fabric softener.
- If you tend to do large loads of laundry, plan on using 1/4 cup of detergent per load. For smaller loads, use 1/8 cup of detergent.
Recipe 2: Liquid Detergent
What You’ll Need:
- One Bar of Castile Soap (scented or unscented)
- 1 Cup of Washing Soda
- 1 Cup of Borax
- 4-5 Gallons of Water
- A 5 Gallon (18.9 Liter) Bucket
How to Make It:
- Grate the bar of soap until it creates a fine powder and no large chunks remain.
- Place the soap powder and two quarts of water in a saucepan over medium heat. As it heat, mix the ingredients until the soap has completely dissolved.
- After you take the saucepan off the heat, add in one cups of washing soda and one cup of borax. Stir the mixture until the powders have completely dissolved.
- Heat 4.5 gallons of water in a large pot until it’s almost boiling and pour the hot water into your 5-gallon bucket.
- Pour your soapy mixture of borax, washing soda, and soap into your bucket of water and stir all of the ingredients.
- Cover your bucket and let it sit overnight so the ingredients can meld.
- The next day, distribute your liquid detergent into large storage containers.
- If you prefer, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make scented detergent.
- For large loads, use one cup of the liquid detergent and for smaller loads use ½ a cup of the detergent.
Whether you choose to make your own detergent or spend a little more for store-bought cleaners, make the most of your money and time by washing your clothes at the laundromat. The advantages include more space to do more loads in less time, less water use, and more room in your house to for storage and whatever else you might need space for.
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